August 4, 2014 – Volume 13 Issue 31
House and Senate Supporters of Contract Tower Program Question FAA About Program’s Future
A bipartisan group of House and Senate Members recently signed letters to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta on the need for continued support of the Federal Contract Tower Program and the status of the FAA’s planning effort to right-size the national airspace system and form a low activity tower working group. Both letters urge Administrator Huerta to ensure that the FAA works collaboratively and in partnership with key aviation stakeholders before making important policy decisions that impact the long-term sustainability of contract towers nationwide, and include specific questions to the administration for prompt and transparent response. The Senate letter, organized by Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) has 55 signatures while the House letter, organized by Representatives Jim Goodlatte (R-VA) and Frederica Wilson (D-FL) has 114 signatures.
TSA Issues Aircraft Repair Station Security Rule: Questions and Answers
On July 28th, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued guidance regarding when an on-airport repair station is responsible for large aircraft on its property under the new aircraft repair station security regulation. The agency clarified that a “repair station is responsible for large aircraft when the repair station has authority over the aircraft, contractual dominion or control of the aircraft, or when the repair station knows or should know that a large aircraft has been tendered to them by an aircraft owner or operator.” Furthermore, TSA explained that it “considers the repair station to be responsible for the large aircraft until the aircraft owner or operator has taken delivery and/or control of the aircraft.”
After the final regulation’s release, TSA originally determined a repair station is responsible for all large aircraft “on its ramp or property,” regardless of who had dominion or control of the aircraft, ignoring TSA-mandated aircraft owner/operator responsibilities.
More Gridlock in the FAA Budget Process
Wisconsin Governor Declares Aviation Week at AirVenture
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker recently signed a proclamation declaring the week of July 28th through August 3rd as “Aviation Week.” The proclamation coincides with the EAA’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, aviation and airports across the state generate $7 billion annually in economic activity and support 90,900 jobs. “General aviation and local airports connect communities and businesses across the state,” said Thomas L. Hendricks, President and CEO of the National Air Transportation Association. “NATA and our member companies across Wisconsin applaud Governor Walker’s acknowledgement of general aviation as a vital resource to the state’s competitiveness and growth.”
Click here to view the proclamation.
Controlling Your Workers’ Compensation Claims Costs
Understanding the claims process of Workers’ Compensation Insurance (WCI) helps minimize risk and ultimately helps control your claims costs. Join us for a FREE webinar on September 9, 2014 at 2:00 EDT to learn more about:
• Understanding the WCI System
• Knowing National Trends of WCI
• Designing Safety and Health Programs
• Developing Claims Processes
• Planning Return to Work Strategies
Learn a lot about cost saving measures for Workers’ Compensation Insurance claims in a short amount of time. Register today!
Fall Committee Meetings Take Place In Savannah, GA
The NATA 2014 Fall Committee Meetings start on Monday, September 15, 2014 with meetings and a networking reception and conclude on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 following a half-day of meetings at the Hilton Savannah DeSoto Hotel in Savannah, GA. Registration is available online or through a printable registration form. Please confirm your attendance for the meetings before Tuesday, August 26, 2014.
Aviation Management Workshop – Held in Conjunction with NATA’s Fall Committee Meetings
Whether you are a general manager, customer service manager, a line service manager or a supervisor aspiring to be a manager, the Aviation Management Workshop will provide you the knowledge and tools you need to be a better leader. The Aviation Management Workshop, September 16-17, 2014 in Savannah, will cover management and decision-making principles, best practice approaches, innovative strategies, and creative techniques from industry experts who have decades of experience leading and managing people and making business decisions. Take action to become a better leader, manager and decision maker. Click to hear what last year’s attendees have to say about the Aviation Management Workshop. Register today!
Landmark Aviation Completes Acquisition of Ross Aviation
Landmark Aviation has completed the acquisition of Ross Aviation, a network of fixed based operations located throughout the United States. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Ross Aviation operates in major cities and resort destinations within the U.S., including Denver (BJC), Santa Fe (SAF), Miami (OPF), and six locations in Hawaii. The acquisition has increased the size of Landmark’s network from 57 to 75 locations globally. Click here to read more.
FABA Names Jenny Showalter as Executive Director
We’re thrilled to announce that Jenny has accepted the position of Executive Director at FABA! Jenny brings us a glowing personality, sharp wit, many years of General Aviation experience and wonderful dedication. Click here to read more.
Banyan Receives Garmin Platinum Award
Banyan Air Service recently received the 2013 Garmin platinum award for excellent sales performance as part of the Garmin International avionics distributor network. Banyan has received similar recognition over the past 12 years for consistency ranking among the top distributors of Garmin aviation products. Read more.
2014 NATA Compensation Survey Available for Purchase
NATA published its 2014 survey of general aviation service employee compensation. The survey includes salaries and benefits for pilots, line-service personnel and maintenance technicians. Visit NATA Store and select search to see full range of products.